We Create Legacy
Think about your life. Your legacy is not something you create at the end of your life. Your legacy is something you create every day with your words, with your actions, and within your community. You lead both the creation of this legacy and how you bring it to life.
Yet Indigenous communities around the world are rarely asked to share the legacies they want to live out for their children, their people, and their landscape.
By working with Legado, people define and create legacies for both themselves and for their communities. When every person in the community—particularly those with traditionally underrepresented voices, such as women and youth—designs and implements solutions of their choosing, they create sustainable outcomes called Thriving Futures.
A 360° View of Life
The community members we work with think about every dimension of their lives when they create their Legacy Plan. They define priorities related to their health, their education, the environment, local governance, livelihoods, and so much more—everyone and everything comes together to create a Thriving Future.
What’s more, when building a Thriving Future, people don’t just consider every dimension in isolation. Community members articulate how each dimension intersects with other dimensions when creating their plan. For example, education can mean classroom-based education. It can also mean the passing of traditional knowledge from grandparents to grandchildren.
At Legado, we know that when we Invest in women and help them evolve into leaders, they can help entire communities overcome poverty, and lead the way to improve children’s nutrition, health, and school attendance.*
Legado’s model focuses specifically on empowering women in three important ways:
- Creating women-only spaces where they can share their opinions freely.
- Organizing dedicated sessions to help women evolve into leaders within their communities.
- Continually monitoring programs to ensure that women are playing leadership roles in their communities.
Today, our programs are women-led with 100% female senior leadership and 76% female staff.
"I was asked to be on a school committee but declined because I did not have the courage or confidence to serve as a leader. But after the Thriving Futures training, I reconsidered and am now a committee member making decisions for the school."
We believe that collective futures are largely determined by daily decisions at the individual level. That’s why sustainable change can only happen with the knowledge, wisdom, and expertise that already exists in Indigenous communities.
Our new and dynamic approach to development creates Thriving Futures in thriving places—where Indigenous peoples fulfill the dreams they have for themselves, their communities, and their landscapes.
Committed to Local Leadership
Legado might operate around the world, but each of our programs are co-created with local community partner organizations.
Our teams are invested in creating Thriving Futures for their communities because they grew up in these very communities. Over 86% of our team is based in regions where we work, and over 71% of our team is from the communities and groups we serve.
And 100% of their efforts are invested in protecting the landscapes they come from and creating Thriving Futures around the world.
A Thriving Future Timeline
I have shared my vision for tomorrow